The fear that, as a writer of 50 word stories, finding those extra 12 words for my first 26 mission would cause me to collapse with exhaustion.
Then… The positives:
Joining a team of diverse, talented and creative people in a project centred around one of my favourite places, the Museum of Childhood.
My initial thoughts on seeing my ‘Winter Colds’ picture of medicaments past and present:
I ought to do some proper research.
What proper research revealed about Rose Hips:
During the war parents were exhorted to garner them in order to make Vitamin C-rich syrup for their children
They’ve traditionally been used to make soup in Sweden, alcohol in Hungary and pyjama cases in Borneo.
I made one of those up.
What these facts sparked off for me:
Lots! But nothing I could fit within 62 words.
What I did with my picture in the end:
Used it as a prompt for my usual wheeze: finding humour in personal experiences and recollections.
How I am now:
Champing at the bit for the next 26 project.
What I can report:
After negotiating that pesky surplus of a dozen words, I am still well and truly upright.
By Stephen Barnaby